CAL POLY GENERAL EDUCATION: Mission Statement
General Education (GE) courses should serve all Cal Poly students. GE courses provide an opportunity for students to work with peers from diverse intellectual and disciplinary backgrounds to develop habits of mind that complement their chosen field of study. GE courses help students reach across disciplines to provide them with a breadth of experiences.
The GE program is one of the primary sites for realizing Cal Poly's vision of a comprehensive polytechnic education. The program promotes an understanding and appreciation of the foundational disciplines that ground all intellectual inquiry. It enriches the specialized knowledge acquired in a major program with an understanding of its scientific, humanistic, artistic, and technological contexts. The program imparts knowledge and transferable skills, fosters critical thinking and ethical decision making, supports integrative learning, and prepares students for civic engagement and leadership.